To Be Successful You Must Be Seen

My friend, Roy Osing, contributed a piece to the Globe and Mail earlier this Fall with the title quite like ...
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Lessons Learned From Our Home Renovation

My wife, Karen, and I are days away from the completion of a home renovation in Collingwood, Ontario. Someone asked ...
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It’s Different Now

We just wrapped up our 4th edition of ProjectTalks Toronto and it was a great success.  Our events don’t have themes, ...
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3 Ways to Say Thank You

When was the last time you said, ‘thank you’ unexpectedly to someone on your team? This past weekend was our ...
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Why Should I Consider the PMI®-PBA Certification?

I have always thought that this was a ‘no-brainer’. Apparently, I was wrong.  I really thought that this certification opportunity ...
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You Have to Be Different to Stand Out In The Crowd

Many people, young and old, often wonder why they’re not getting the next promotion or that new job. My question ...
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Five Things I Learned About Organizational Change Management [OCM]

This is a new version of a post I published in 2014 right after I hosted a gathering of senior ...
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Are You An ‘Inspirational’ Leader?

I have been blogging weekly for 4 years now and, as I look at the stats, I see one post ...
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Meetings, Meetings, And Fewer Meetings

Enough already!  We are calling too many meetings, with attendees that do not have be there, without attendees that should ...
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The Customer Isn’t the Expert

It’s always nice hear to the word’s “you are the expert – tell us what to do”.  But this is ...
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Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

How many times have you said yes to something and regretted it later? Often these are small decisions producing small ...
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Rookies Are a Good Thing

How often have you heard the complaint “I can’t seem to get a junior project management job out there.  Everyone ...
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Financials Make It Or Break It

In all my years in project management, I have noticed that the one element that throws off the majority of ...
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Never Skip a Formal Project Kickoff

We move too quickly at the start of our projects. We start managing the project from day 1 and we ...
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Give Me More Dashboards

Project managers are notoriously too detailed. We need to learn how to communicate succinctly and clearly and stop rambling on ...
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Rely on Experience, Not Certification

ProjectTimes is a great portal for project managers from all walks of life. When I created it in 1997, it ...
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How Do You Build a PMO?

The question is not "what should my PMO look like?".  Today's question is "How do I build it?"  If you ...
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Are Your Meetings Really Worth It?

(Edited from a previous posting in July, 2015) The statistics are staggering… 37 percent of employee time is spent in ...
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5 Tips for Your Next Lessons Learned Exercise

I posted a mention of an article this week called “10 DOs That We DON’T in Project Management” by Bola ...
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Do You Know Your PMDs? – Project Management Deficiencies

I hate the detail and as a result, I don’t pay attention to it and this gets me into some ...
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Do You Know Any Part Time Project Managers?

A friend called me recently quite excited about the opportunity to run a fund-raising event at the local school. Knowing ...
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The Most Important Project Management Skill is Good Communications

A project manager’s primary job is to deliver information about his or her project in a timely manner, to the ...
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What is Project Outcome Management? -An Interview with Dan Watt

I met Dan Watt about 3 years ago at a meeting I hosted at the Schulich Executive Education Centre on ...
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One minute video series – Project Branding

Great ProjectTalk on Project Branding yesterday in Detroit ...
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What Is the Most Important Role of A Project Manager?

That answer is easy. Produce great schedules! Don’t be too shocked please. This is not what I really think but ...
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Always Start Your First Project Meeting On Time

I was attending a meeting recently and watched almost half the attendees walk in 5 to 10 minutes late. I ...
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Building the PMO the Right Way – an Interview with Amy Burnet

There are so many ways to build a PMO - Project Management Office. Many are the wrong way.  In this ...
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Does Your Project Sponsor Know What They Are Doing?

Being a project sponsor is not easy.  The role is often misunderstood, misrepresented and misused – leading to a host ...
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3 Ways a Project Manager Can Stand Up and Get Noticed

There was a day when you could write your own ticket if you were a project manager, had your PMP ...
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Scale it Down

(edited from an original post May, 2014) Have you ever watched someone use a cannon to kill a fly?  Use ...
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How Are You at Managing Expectations?

Managing expectations is one of the most important keys to our success as project managers and leaders. Some might say ...
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Thank You

This is a big week in the United States. The Thanksgiving holiday brings together families and friends from across lands ...
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Is Agile Here to Stay?

Yes!  Despite the naysayers, Agile is here to stay – coming to your projects slowly but surely. We just completed ...
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3 Tips on Dealing with Project Sponsors

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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3 Ways to Help Your Boss Succeed

There are many things we can do to contribute to our future success like continuous learning, networking and professional strategic ...
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Every Project Team Needs a Whale

Every project team needs a member who can add the most important element to the success of any team: compassion ...
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5 Things Project Managers Can Do Now for Leadership Positions Tomorrow

Last week we talked about the shortage of qualified resources who could be considered for the leadership positions being left ...
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Four Reasons Why Project Managers Make Great Leaders

About 20 years ago, smart organizations started to realize that when the baby boomers begin walking out the door they ...
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What Are The First 5 Steps You Take at the Start of a Project?

Every successful project manager needs a plan - a plan that will kick in the moment they are assigned to ...
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Do You Make Project Change Management a Daily Priority?

Someone once told me that project change doesn’t start on week one. It starts on day one. As a project ...
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When was the last time you said “Why is my organization doing this project?”

This is a reprint of a post from March 4, 2014. Or were you to afraid?  How many of us ...
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The Friday Report: What Executives and Project Sponsors Really Want From Us

Updated from an article originally posted December, 2013. What do executives or project sponsors really want from us? There are ...
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How Quick Are You to React?

I write this after an incident in a meeting last week. Someone made a suggestion and I reacted with what ...
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When Stuff Changes – Manage Your People

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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4 Tips for Conducting Your Next Post-Mortem Review?

I was facilitating a one-day workshop last week in the Hudson Valley area on how to run and manage a ...
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How Many Volunteer Hours Have You Clocked Over the Past Year?

If the answer is anything above 8, thank you on behalf of everyone you served. Less than 8?  IF YOU ...
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6 Tips to Building Strong Project Teams

Wouldn’t it be nice to have people lining up to be a part of your project team?  We all know ...
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Start With a Team Charter

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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“I try to Avoid Hiring PMPs” – The Other Side

Ok - I have been blogging every week since January, 2014 and I have never seen a response like that ...
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Communicating Up to Senior Management

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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“I Try to Avoid Hiring PMP’s.”

Not a great start to the day when you hear this from someone in the gym.  And that’s what happened ...
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Are You Willing to Fail?

I’m launching a new initiative this week called ProjectTalks.  This is a one evening event with five speakers over two ...
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How do You Write an Executive Summary?

I was ‘tracked down’ on the ski hill this past weekend by a friend who complained that his staff had ...
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3 Steps to Building an Awesome Project Team

Last week we heard from a project team member who told us that working on project teams should be: Good ...
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Are Your Projects an Awesome Experience for the Team?

“An awesome project team” can mean different things depending on whose eyes you are looking through. It seems that we ...
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# 4 Reason Projects Fail – We Should Have Said “No”

Last week I thought I was done with my list of the top 3 reasons that projects fail.   Well, now ...
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Are You Working on Your Soft-Skills?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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# 3 Reason Projects Fail – Egos!

The past two weeks I have addressed 2 or my top 3 reasons for project failure. We started with lousy ...
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Why Do Projects Fail? – Part 2

Last week I talked about my #1 reason for project failure - inadequate requirements. Project managers should be very careful ...
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Are You Small ‘a’ Agile

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Why Do Projects Fail? – Part 1

About six months ago, I watched a friend attempt to launch a new product to a market segment that was ...
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Have You Ever Seen a Black Swan?

I haven't.  But I am told by Doug Boebinger (@projmgmtin www.processdevelopers.com) in his chapter called "Hope for the Best; Plan ...
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3 Tips for Better Presentations

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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How Do I Build a PMO?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Who Should Make the Decision?

When Target Canada decided to close up after just 2 years of operation they put 17,600 people out of work, ...
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Why Should We Care About Quality?

Julie Grabb (www.juliegrabb.com) provides all project managers with clear and compelling reason to understand and address quality in all aspects ...
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How Do We Avoid Scope Creep?

Elizabeth and Richard Larson from Minneapolis (www.WatermarkLearning.com) co-authored a great chapter in the book The Keys to Our Success entitled "The Top Five ...
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Create and Sustain Client Ownership of Your Project

Robert K. Wysocki (rkw@eiicorp.com) writes on sustaining client ownership of a project on the book The Keys to Our Success. In ...
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Are You Doing a Performance Review on Your Projects?

I used to dread the annual performance review – both as the recipient and the author.  Back in my days ...
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Five Reasons Prince2 Did Not Make it in North America

Back about 8 Years ago I posted a blog with the title: Prince2 – the next wave to reach North ...
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Do You See Yourself as a Key Agent of Innovation?

Paskwa Mutunga explains to us why he sees Business Analysts As a Key Agent of Innovation.  A great chapter  in ...
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How Do You Keep Your Project Client Engagement?

Robert K. Wysocki (rkw@eiicorp.com) offers up techniques and ideas on client engagement entitled "A Practical Way to Create and Sustain Client Ownership ...
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Stop That Project!

Yahoo… We Cancelled Three Projects! What?  This is something to celebrate? Well it is.  After so many years of watching ...
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We Did It!

I was watching the last few holes of the Tour Championship golf tournament yesterday as Jordan Spieth not only won ...
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Encourage Them to Stop Winging It! But Stop Making It So Complicated.

Many people manage projects of some type and most of those are not professionally trained project managers.  When it comes ...
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Do You Have a Small Project Approval Process?

As I have been working through and delivering my new strategic planning and execution workshop, one of the key benefits ...
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An Interview with Me – David Barrett

My friend Tony Higgins, at BluePrint Software, interviewed me awhile back and was able to cover a lot of ground ...
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Are You Communicating Throughout the Project?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Can you Talk CxO Language?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Are you Emotionally Fit to Lead?

Forbes.com recently published an article called “5 Ways To Transform Yourself Into A Leader” in which it suggested that leaders ...
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Do You Have a 20 Second Elevator Speech?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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5 Things I Learned About OCM

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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6 Steps to Better Time Management for All Leaders

I had a friend in my life a while back who was heading up a very large corporation in Winnipeg ...
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What Kind of Leader Do You Want?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Are You Practicing ‘Good Meetings’?

Do people leave your meetings saying “That was a really valuable use of my time” or “What a great meeting!”?  ...
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Strategic Portfolio Management – An Interview with LeRoy Ward

My long time friend, project management and portfolio management consultant, LeRoy Ward, shares his governance model for strategic portfolio management ...
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Can Project Managers Make Great Leaders?

Welcome to my new Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought ...
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Listen… Please!

Listen... Please!  Communication skills are one of the most important attributes for managers and leaders at all levels. But when ...
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What Does a Project Management Office Look Like?

Someone recently asked me about a one day seminar on building a Project Management Office (PMO).  I told them that ...
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Listen, Wait, Listen Some More and Then Act

Yesterday I spoke to a past PMI President from Europe, as part of a research project for a new speech ...
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Are You Project Managing More Than You Are Managing Your Project?

One of the most common mistakes a new project manager makes is that they spend more time ‘project managing’ than ...
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My Top 3 Tips for Great Presentations

After the great response to last year’s post 3 Tools to Conquer Your Fear of Presenting I thought I would ...
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When Was the Last Time You Did an Office ‘WalkAbout’?

If you are a manager at any level, a leader, or even a coordinator of a group of people, you ...
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3 Tools to Conquer Your Fear of Presenting

The fear of presenting holds many people back in their careers. It is said that less than 20% of the ...
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What is a Sponsor Charter?

The relationship between the project sponsor and the project manager or project leader is extremely important and yet we spend ...
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Five Things I Learned Today About Organizational Change Management [OCM]

This morning I hosted a gathering of senior resources from local banks, insurance companies, retail organizations and others that we ...
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Project Management Really is a Global Movement

This sounds basic and maybe even obvious but it took a trip this past weekend to the Project Management Institute’s ...
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Do You Take the Necessary Time to Prepare?

I’m often accused of moving too fast and not preparing properly. Of course I always argue that this is not ...
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The Project Sponsor – an Interview with Linda Vella

I sat down with Linda Vella recently to discuss the role of the Project Sponsor: what is it?  Why do ...
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Do You Kick Off Your Projects With a Team Charter?  You Should.

(This blog is a repeat from a posting of mine one year ago in a different forum. Important enough to ...
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Scale it Down

Have you ever watched someone use a canon to kill a fly?  Use a software program to solve a problem ...
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Managing Change Should be a Priority for Every Leader

Last week we talked about managing expectations. This week I would like to focus on managing change. The key to ...
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Managing Expectations – the Key to Your Success

As leader, a project manager or team co-ordinator you instinctively want to deliver well and please everyone. And everyone on ...
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